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Mt. Auburn Cemetery – More than famous Brahmins

Since 1831, Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge has been both a resting place for the good and great and a refuge for the living. Take the 71, 73, or 72 bus from Harvard Square or bike/stroll a mile or so to reach the Mount Auburn Street entrance. Once through the Egyptian Revival gate, you’ll find yourself in another world: rolling hills, utter quiet punctuated by bird calls and frolicking chipmunks (the chalkboard inside the east alcove, just inside the gateway, has a list of recent bird sightings), plantings that brighten the landscape in any season, and of course the graves of famous Bostonians, from Longfellow to Buckminster Fuller.

Because it’s so vast -174 acres- I like to stop at the gateway to pick up one or two brochures to guide my visit. Whether you’re interested in a basic tour, Civil War officers’ graves, famous ornithologists, or key trees or plants, there’ll be a brochure with details and a suggested route, for a small donation. Or drop into the Visitor’s Center, where the staff will be happy to answer your questions. Once a destination is in mind, I wend my way there- being sure to stop at Washington Tower, which offers an amazing view of Boston from the top (take it slowly if you’re averse to heights!)

Even though it’s a gorgeous park, Mount Auburn remains a cemetery, so picnics, lying on the grass, and jogging aren’t permitted. All the more reason to get lunch or a snack at nearby Sofra.

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Address

580 Mt Auburn St, , Boston

Telephone number

+16175477105

Opening Times

08:00 - 20:00 daily

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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)